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  1. What is Pilates?

    Pilates is a system for muscular conditioning combining posture and core stability with muscle and joint mobility.

  2. What are the benefits of Pilates?

    Longer, leaner muscles – Muscles can mold and change shape to the way they are worked. Eccentric, or lengthening, contractions are the key to elongating muscles and are uniquely emphasized in Pilates exercises. Strength is utilized to increase range of motion ie. flexibility. You do not need to be flexible to do Pilates! The spring systems of the Pilates equipment act as weights and give both ‘resistance’ and ‘assistance’ to the body.

    Balanced Posture – Learn to locate deep intrinsic muscles of the body and then apply them to bigger movements. This allows the body’s “Powerhouse” to be your core stability before your given movement is initiated. Balanced posture and alignment Muscles around the spine are worked to maintain natural, unexaggerated curvatures of the spine.

    Prevention of Injury – The cause of injuries stem from muscular imbalances or limited range of motion in a joint or muscle. Pilates rebalances the body.

    Optimum results in other movement disciplines and daily life activities. Sometimes it is the smallest correction that makes the body more efficient.

  3. Who does Pilates?

    As a tool for body conditioning, rehabilitation, or injury prevention, Pilates is for everyone.

    Sports Specific Training (i.e. Marathon runners, Racquet Sports, Golf, etc.
    Dancers/Martial Artists/Yogis
    Office workers
    Post or Pre-Natal Women
    Beginning a new exercise regime
    Struggling with chronic stiffness or injury
    Sciatic Nerve Pain
    IT Band Syndrome
    Recurring Sprain/Strains
    Muscle atrophy
    Back pain (Spasms, Disc Herniation)
    Post Rehabilitation
    Strength Training

  4. What is the history of Pilates?

    Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He overcame a sickly childhood of asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever by training as a diver, skier, body builder, gymnast, and boxer. His success led him to England as a self defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. During World War I, he enabled patients to rehabilitate by attaching springs to their hospital beds. This system became the foundation of the specific movements on his uniquely designed equipment and apparatus.

    In 1920, the first Pilates studio was opened in New York City, J. H. Pilates teachings of “Contrology,” the ability to control your muscles with your mind, was established and the method was quickly adapted by dancers and athletes. In the past 25 years, the secret of Pilates has become embraced by the general public and doctors worldwide.

  5. What should I expect on my first visit?

    We will have you fill out some basic paperwork and review with your instructor. We want to know your goals and hopes for doing Pilates so we can gear your lesson correctly.

  6. What should I wear to the studio?

    Whatever you feel most comfortable moving in. Of course the more we can see of you the better for corrections, but most of us have detective eyes and can see through even baggy clothes. If wearing baggy shorts, it is advised to wear spandex shorts underneath.

  7. Will my information be shared with Physio Logic Rehab?

    Yes and no. We do share notes on any of your injuries, treatment and progress if requested by you. It is an amazing way to see thorough care and really take in the benefits of seeing like minded practitioners at Physio Logic. It’s about finding your pieces of the puzzle and what disciplines work best for you.

    Our communication is how we all learn what is best for you! Because we are separate entities, we do have a separate system in the pilates studio and will need to file our own set of brief paperwork for you.

  8. What if I can’t make my scheduled lesson or class?

    We do follow a standard 24-hour cancellation policy. It is not a penalty to you, it is simply what we have to charge to hold an appointment and so we can employ and keep the best instructors and massage therapists. We thank you in advance for understanding.

  9. Ar there expiration dates on packages?

    Yes, please note the specific expiration dates when purchasing. Bulk packages are to benefit the people who are consistent and dedicated to the work. It is not meant to benefit advance purchasing. We are very fair, if you are having difficulty, please talk to us in advance so we can help you not loose any sessions or classes.